Digital book sales rose in the United Kingdom by 366% in 2011 which contributed to a noticeable decline in print. eBooks now account for 6% of the entire book industry and garnered £92 million in overall sales.
Total consumer digital sales (including consumer ebooks, downloads and audiobooks) showed the most rapid growth, having increased by 318% since 2009 from £4m to £16m. Consumer digital sales of ebooks and downloads increased from 2% to 11% of all digital sales from 2009 to 2010. Combined digital sales have increased by 38% on 2009 figures. Academic and professional books amounted to 72% of all digital sales, which is a staggering figure. Academic and professional publishing digital sales have doubled in the past 3 years.
This new data on eBook sales derive from the Publishers Association Yearbook 2011. Over 250 companies contributed their sales and financial figures and their combined sales account for 70% of all sales in the UK market.